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Can China Maintain “Sovereignty” over the Internet?

June 15, 2010

Evan Osnos in The New Yorker:

Columbia Professor Tim Wu stands at the intersection of some of the most interesting legal and technological issues of the day. (He is also known to hold strong views on dumplings.) Wu was writing about the law and the Internet long before anyone else knew to pay attention. His 2006 book with Jack Goldsmith—Who Controls the Internet? (Oxford University Press)—predicted correctly that existing laws would be used to control the growth and shape of the Internet, rather than the Internet ushering in a new borderless age. (His forthcoming book from Knopf looks at technology monopolies: “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires.”)

This week, China issued its first manifesto on the subject of the Internet—a full-throated declaration of independence from loosey-goosey American notions of how the Internet would prevail over the laws that differentiate nations. This white paper is China’s most detailed response to its unhappy encounter with Google last spring, and it outlines the sanctity—and limits—of its conception of free speech: “While exercising such freedom and rights, citizens are not allowed to infringe upon state, social, and collective interests or the legitimate freedom and rights and other citizens.” [More]

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